Oliver Platt explains his mysterious X-Men character, plus details on the film's dark opening, a newly announced actor, and a surprise cameo. Plus a sci-fi legend voices a Transformer, Zack Snyder talks Superman effects, and an insane Doctor Who rumor!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Falling Skies.
Avatar 2 and 3
James Cameron revealed that he seriously intends to shoot the sequels in a much higher frame rate than the standard 24-30 frames per second that the human visual system requires for a moving image to appear continuous. He says he's looking at either 48 or 60 frames per second, and he explains why he wants to do this:
"When you author and project a movie at 48 or 60, it becomes a different movie. The 3D shows you a window into reality; the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window. In fact, it is just reality. It is really stunning."
X-Men: First Class
According to an edit bay report from Empire, the movie begins with young Magneto in the Auschwitz concentration camp, similar to what was seen briefly in the original X-Men movie. This time, however, the flashback lasts longer, and a graying, mustachioed Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon, who plays an apparently younger version of the character in the main 1962 segments) is pushing Erik Lensherr to use his full mutant powers. Another opening scenes deals with the child Charles Xavier, who discovers a similarly young Mystique pawing through his trash and decides to let her stay with him. The Lensherr scenes in particular are supposed to be quite intense and disturbing, a marked departure from most superhero movies. In fact, director Matthew Vaughn says of the scene:
"I can't imagine Thor or Green Lantern starting like that! That's the fun of it. I can imagine people going ‘What the ****?' But I didn't want to make the kiddie version of X-Men."
The movie also reportedly features a cameo from Total Recall and Terminator Salvation actor Michael Ironside (who is also, lest we forget, the definitive voice of Darkseid) will have a small role in the movie in an as yet undisclosed role. The movie also features a "surprise fun cameo." We don't know whether the cameo is fun because of the actor playing the part or the character itself, but the obvious - thought not necessarily correct - guess is that Wolverine will indeed be showing up. That said, my money's on Dazzler, just because. [Empire via ScreenRant]
Oliver Platt took to the movie's Facebook page to explain who his mysterious character the Man in Black really is:
The Man In Black runs a super secret division of the CIA devoted to investigating the application of mental telepathy and paranormal power in military defense. He has long been a laughing stock of the Agency because of this. His department is known as 'Division X'. When Charles and Mystique become ensnared with the Agency, the Man in Black diverts them to his division with a deft bureaucratic sleight of hand. Erik soon joins them and The X-Men flourish under MIB's protection.
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discussed their comic book influences, pointing to Ed Brubaker's acclaimed run and the more obscure Sentinel of Liberty book that they say informs the origin story aspects of the movie. They also discussed how they are structuring the movie so as to leave room for potential World War II set sequels, as McFeely explains:
Generally, the first act is what most people think the first act is going to be, and the third act, most people kind of know how we're going to get him to "The Avengers," so it's the second act where you do a million drafts. You have to ask what story is being told, and how you're going to tell that World War II story while also leaving it baggy enough to go back - in case you want to imply that he had more than the one adventure in the first movie.
There's more at the link, including some perhaps not entirely serious discussion of the characters they would want to feature in potential sequels. [MTV Splash Page]
Oscar-winner and all-around awesome actor Geoffrey Rush is reportedly set to voice the alien Green Lantern Tomar Re. [Hero Complex]
Zack Snyder explains how he wants Superman's power to feel as realistic as possible:
"Let me just say one thing about Superman: he can't do anything that's not a visual effect. He can walk around and talk, but if he's going to do something physical, that's a visual effect, because he's Superman. I think in the past people have tried to figure out how to do that with strings and putting cars on hydraulics and having him stand under it, but we're really trying to work on a way of doing this that really makes that feel real. [We're] trying to understand the actual physics of what would have to happen for those things to happen. It just brings reality to that whole concept of picking up a car or whatever. That's gotta be completely based on reality."
Hugh Jackman offered another comment on Darren Aronofsky's departure:
"He would have made a great film. But it wasn't the right time for him personally...[Filming in Japan is] in limbo as well. Who knows what the situation is on the ground?...All we need to do is find a new director, but we won't settle for anyone who isn't as good as Darren."
Considering how much critical acclaim Aronofsky has received of late, I'm just going to wildly speculate and assume this means they'll be getting one of the other best director nominees to take over. How about The King's Speech director Tom Hooper? King George VI overcoming his stutter is practically the exact same story as Wolverine becoming a Yakuza assassin, if you think about it. [Hero Complex]
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Leonard Nimoy will reportedly voice Sentinel Prime - the ancient Transformer discovered by the Apollo 11 astronauts in the trailers - in the upcoming movie. Nimoy previously voiced Galvatron in 1986's Transformers: The Movie, so we only need Eric Idle and zombie Orson Welles to consider this a full-on reunion. [Entertainment Weekly]
And here's a new photo.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Here's a set photo that definitely shows Dominic Cooper as the ageless mentor Henry, and that may be Ben Walker to his right as Abraham Lincoln. [On Location]
Men in Black 3
[gallery 5787815] Here are some recent set photos of Will Smith, suggesting production has resumed in some form or another. [SpoilerTV]
There's this utterly insane rumor going around that Paul McGann is "very likely" going to make an appearance as the Eighth Doctor in the upcoming series. Much as I would love to see a return appearance by his Doctor - and I still hold out some hope this will happen in a fiftieth anniversary special in 2013 - this rumor is completely bonkers, patently untrue, and doesn't make even the slightest bit of sense.
The main evidence for this seems to be the fact that the latest trailer appears to feature the previous console room - the one used by the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, and not the Eighth, just so we're clear about how ridiculous this entire thing is - and the fact that the Doctor mentions the Time War, which was most likely fought by the Eighth Doctor. This of course will be like all the previous times the Doctor mentioned the Time War in the new series, and every time we then cut to a flashback of Paul McGann...or, you know, nothing even remotely like that ever happened. And I thought the David Tennant rumor was ridiculous... [Big Shiny Robot]